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Ronald De Boer explains how Celtic and Rangers can revive European fortunes

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Ronald De Boer explains how Celtic and Rangers can revive European fortunes

The renowned attacked had two spells at Ajax and also played 67 times for Holland.

Former Rangers man Ronald de Boer has backed Scottish teams to enjoy the same European success as Ajax in the future.

He told BBC Scotland that both Rangers and Celtic can ‘100%’ replicate the Dutch outfit.

De Boer played for Ajax and spent four years at Ibrox from 2000.

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He is now a youth coach at the Amsterdam Arena and watched on as Ajax’s young guns sent holders Real Madrid out on Tuesday.

It hasn’t been a fruitful few years for Scottish teams in Europe.

The 48-year-old believes that their luck might change though if they stick to their principals.

He told BBC Scotland: “You have to have an identity with your players.


“You have to have a philosophy of where you want to be in a certain stage. I think that’s very important. It needs a time-frame and in 10 years I think you could have some results.”

Premiership holders Celtic crashed out of the Europa League at the round of 32, whilst Rangers failed to get out of the group stage.

Stick to your guns

De Boer believes that having a plan and sticking to it, far outweighs the idea of splashing the cash and expecting success.

He continued: “Ajax can buy foreign players, but we stick with our philosophy and still managed to beat Real Madrid with so many youth players.

“Your resources are limited but if you focus on the youth from six and seven years old, the whole organisation can be built up.”

Celtic look on course to win the Premiership once again this season, meaning Rangers will likely settle for Europa League football once more.

It has been far too long since the Old Firm troubled the latter stages of European competition.

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De Boer has been there and done it when it comes to European success, winning the Champions League in 1995 with Ajax.

Both Celtic and Rangers would be wise to take note of his advice.


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